A Highly Animated Version of St. James Infirmary

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Published on: February 20th, 2016


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Still image from the animated music video for the Preservation Hall Hot 4's "St. James Infirmary (King Britt Remix)"

Did I hear that right? Members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in an animated music video!?

Per the information posted on the video's YouTube page:

Directed by Lafayette-based visual artist James Tancill, the music video for the Preservation Hall / King Britt remix of St. James Infirmary by the Preservation Hall Hot 4 is an animated romp in the style of Max Fleischer (Betty Boop, etc.) that plays out like a storybook caper set against a backdrop of beloved New Orleans characters and institutions both old and new. Audiences familiar with the iconography of New Orleans music and culture will thrill as characters and beloved landmarks from the past and present find new life in an animated tableau.

Set to music by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (as led by dearly departed bandleader John Brunious, Jr. and remixed by noted Philadelphia DJ and producer King Britt (Digable Planets, E-Culture) and Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe) the video for St. James Infirmary follows the antics of Ronnie Numbers and Mr. The Turk of The New Orleans Bingo! Show through a dark and mischievous imagining of the songs classic narrative as sung by Clint Maedgen (PHJB, The New Orleans Bingo! Show). Starring animated versions of Clint Maedgen, Ben Jaffe, and King Britt; and featuring appearances by such departed icons as John Brunious Jr., Sweet Emma Barrett, and Marie Laveau in such familiar settings as Preservation Hall, Jackson Square, and the long-defunct Pontchartrain Beach amusement park...



That's just cool.

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Fantastic animation & music. The Fleischer Bros would be proud, as would Cab and Betty and the rest.

That was fan freaking tastic. Just got to watch it again!

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